Teaching and Learning Networks at LaGuardia Community College-CUNY
I have been using various free inventories of the MBTI for years. Then, I use type to assign students to groups. This way they can understand various types and how well they can (or cannot) work together, I've had interesting results. Of course, we then tie type into career paths.
By the way, I am an INTJ.
I am INFJ! How do you use the types to assign groups? Opposites or similar types?
I strive for mixed types in the group since I tell them that they cannot create their own groups in the workplace and need to work with many types. I start with the I & E and first aim for an even number in each group and then work my way through the code making adjustments when necessary. I also look at the results of their learning styles inventory. It is scary to think of all the same type in one group. Some classes are harder to mix than others but so far I have been happy with the results. At the end when they make their group presentations, I also have them complete a form to "grade" their group.
Interesting. I wonder if I should try that with the Pearson index that I am using? Strangely enough I have groups that spontaneously ended up being of mostly like types. I suspect this has something to do with where they choose to sit in the class (front row, back row and etc.) and their cognitive development level (lots of warriors and orphans).
There is a research paper waiting to happen here. :) Jungian psychologists abhore MBTI because it added the J/P preference (Jung does not have it) and because they feel the questions are poor predictors of one's actual tendencies. Then MBTI believers think Keirsey and his temperaments are a distortion and over-simplification of MBTI. I think what we need is the next turn of the screw, which one of us or all of us should do as a project. :)
@ Luke - that is such an ESTP thing to propose. Count me in.